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Chronic Pain in the Vulva and Pelvis: Retrain Your Brain

Posted: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 6:54:38 PM EST by Alyssa Tait

Have you ever wished there was a manual to help you outsmart your pain?

Good news – there is. In fact, it is called “Outsmart Your Pain: Twelve Key Insights for Conquering Vulvodynia and Persistent Pelvic Pain”. I wrote this as an e-book to make it accessible to the largest number of people in the shortest possible time frame.

Recent research shows that persistent pain has a lot to do with the brain. The brain begins to process sensation inaccurately, and needs to be retrained in order to resolve the chronic pain.


But firstly – why would we need a book specifically on pelvic pain anyway?

Persistent pain at the vulva has a lot in common with persistent pain anywhere else in the body, like the back or the knee for example.

However, it is at the same time quite different.

The female genitals are a region of intense privacy and emotional vulnerability. The vulva and vagina are important symbols of femininity, womanhood and sexual identity for many women.

Therefore, pain in this region may be of a different quality and have a particular psychological and emotional impact.

The difficulty in talking about and coming to terms with pain in this area can hamper recovery.

On the flip side, these identity issues can be addressed through education, therapy and self-help methods that are referred to throughout the e-book. These include methods for retraining your brain.


The e-book also contains a Recovery Workbook designed for you to use over twelve weeks. This section summarises each section and its Practical Tips, and gives you a structured system for following the concrete tips I give you. This is not a complete manual on any type of pelvic pain or vulvar or vaginal pain, but rather a summary of the neuroscience aspect of persistent pain, structured as an educational tool and workbook to help you in your recovery.

Get the e-book here.

If you need the specific help that only a health professional experienced in this area can provide, contact me to make an appointment and get started on your recovery.


About Alyssa Tait

Alyssa runs Equilibria Physiotherapy & Nutrition, a clinic focusing on integrative solutions for pelvic health issues including all types of pelvic pain, bladder and bowel control issues, fertility, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Alyssa’s website www.equilibriahealth.com.au is an information hub related to all things relating to the function of the female pelvis.

She aims to help as many people as possible restore balance to their pelvis through education, effective treatment and empowering lifestyle choices.

Alyssa enjoys playing the clarinet and rollerblading, though (much to the gratitude of her patients), not while she is consulting.

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